The Office: Every Manager, Ranked By Competence

The Office is one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, proving to be even more popular nine years after its finale than during its initial run. To this day, fans continue to relive the zany antics of the employees at Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch.

Over the course of The Office's nine seasons, Dunder Mifflin Scranton went through a revolving door of managers, especially after the emotional departure of Steve Carrell's Michael Scott in Season 7. While some of these bosses proved to be remarkably proficient at their jobs, others proved to be completely and utterly incompetent.

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9 Creed Bratton

One of the more destructive bosses at the Dunder Mifflin Scranton Branch was the ridiculously meme-worthy Creed Bratton. After Michael's departure and Dwight's immediate mishap as acting manager, Creed is selected for the position based on seniority, leading him to take over the office in the season 7 finale "Search Committee."

Creed's regime was just as chaotic as anyone familiar with the character might have expected. In his short time as manager, Creed wrought havoc on the office, even attempting to steal the company's clients and start his own paper company.

8 Deangelo Vickers

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Will Ferrell's Deangelo Vickers serves as Michael Scott's replacement for two episodes in The Office's seventh season. Deangelo runs the office for several weeks before suffering a massive brain injury that leaves him unfit to continue in the position.

During Deangelo's very short tenure as the boss at Scranton, he proved himself remarkably incompetent, losing clients at a startling rate and alienating most of his employees by establishing an inner circle of who he deemed to be the best workers. In the end, the office was better off after his early departure.

7 Robert California

James Spader as Robert California on The Office

Out of all of Dunder Mifflin Scranton's regional managers, Robert California served in the position for the shortest amount of time. He is shown entering the office on his first day, taking one look around, and leaving. Robert is revealed to have instead talked his way into becoming CEO of Sabre itself, thereby appointing Andy Bernard as the new manager at Scranton.

While Robert didn't serve as manager for long, his time as CEO reveals that he had some basic competence when it comes to business dealings. However, as his facade slowly erodes over the course of Season 8, it is revealed that he is not nearly as capable as he initially made himself seem.

6 Nellie Bertram

Catherine Tate as Nellie Bertram sitting at her desk in the Office

Nellie Bertram may have never officially been appointed manager at Scranton, but that didn't stop her from seizing the position for herself when Andy was away in Florida. Over the course of several months, she ran the office the way she saw fit, manipulating CEO Robert California into taking her side against Andy.

Nellie's time as manager was utterly disastrous for the company. She attempted to win the favor of her employees by making empty promises that she never intended to keep, consolidating power based purely on imagination. Nevertheless, she did manage to redeem herself in the eyes of certain office workers, paving the way for Andy to hire her as a special projects manager after he reclaimed his job.

5 Jim Halpert

Jim Halpert was never the sole manager of Scranton but did manage to retain a co-managerial position alongside Michael Scott for the majority of Season 6. Running the day-to-day aspects of the office, Jim tested his leadership skills until he was forced to step down to the position of salesman once more following Sabre's acquisition of Dunder Mifflin.

Jim's character arc throughout Season 6 sees him finally grow into the leader that the show always hinted he would be. Even though his time as Dunder Mifflin Scranton's co-manager didn't last, Jim displayed skills that would aid him in pursuing his dreams in future seasons. It is this arc that cemented the character's growth throughout the series and, though John Krasinski has moved on to major projects since The Office, makes Jim the actor's greatest accomplishment.

4 Andy Bernard

Andy Bernard looking at the camera while holding a piece of paper on The Office

After a string of failed managers, Andy Bernard became the final replacement for Michael Scott at Dunder Mifflin Scranton. Serving in the position for two years, Andy brought new energy to the workplace, adding his own special touch to the office during his time as manager.

Though many fans have criticized Andy's character arc in Season 9, it is difficult to deny his contributions as manager in the previous season. Ed Helms's character grows in confidence and competence throughout Season 8, becoming a boss that everyone can respect, despite ruffling some feathers to attain the position.

3 Michael Scott

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Michael Scott is one of Dunder Mifflin Scranton's longest-serving regional managers ever, whose tenure lasted over a decade. Beginning as a salesman, Michael was promoted to regional manager four years prior to the beginning of the series, continuing in the position for the next seven seasons until his departure in the emotional episode "Goodbye, Michael."

Michael, whose insensitivity and hair-brained schemes often got him in trouble, was often the office's greatest distraction when it came to getting work done. However, he proves on several occasions to be a surprisingly competent leader when he needs to be. When he is able to put his own insecurities aside, Michael is actually one of the greatest assets in Dunder Mifflin's arsenal.

2 Dwight Schrute

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Dwight Schrute serves as manager on two separate occasions during The Office's run: first as an acting manager following Michael's departure and then as the new permanent boss after Andy Bernard is fired. He remains manager by the time the series comes to an end, most likely continuing in the position for many years thereafter.

Dwight, whose overblown tactics and strange Schrute traditions often lead him to abuse his power, may not have been prepared for managerial duties on his first opportunity but, by the time he is promoted to full-time manager, he has grown enough as a character to wield his power well. Dwight's permanent regime at Scranton proves to be surprisingly well-structured, as the former salesman finally gets the chance to put his methods to the test.

1 Ed Truck

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Ed Truck's time as manager is never shown on The Office, as he is Michael Scott's immediate predecessor, but it is a frequent topic of discussion. During his time as manager, Ed hired many of the characters fans would get to know well in the series, including Michael, Stanley Hudson, Meredith Palmer, Phyllis Lapin, and Creed Bratton.

In Ed's sole physical appearance in the series, he lays out his managerial style, which is directly opposed to Michael's own. While Michael starkly rejects his advice, Ed's assertion that friends should stay friends and coworkers should stay coworkers is actually an extremely reasonable way to run an office, and hints that his time as regional manager was likely far more successful than any of the managers depicted in the series itself.

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